David Villa will interview several World Cup participants on his TV show. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

MIAMI – David Villa might not be playing in the World Cup, but that doesn’t necessary mean the Spanish international won’t be involved with the greatest show on earth.

He’ll be talking about it and and talking to some of the participants in the tournament.

Telemundo Deportes, the exclusive Spanish-language home of Russia 2018 in the United States, has announced that the network will partner with the New York City FC captain and his production company, Designated Player, to produce a soccer content around the World Cup to air across all Telemundo network and digital platforms.

“I’m happy to have the opportunity to work with Telemundo Deportes and bring my perspective to this year’s World Cup,” Villa said. “Soccer’s popularity continues to grow with the American sports fan, and with Designated Player, we will provide various forms of content utilizing my global network as a player, teammate, and champion.”

Spain’s all-time scoring leader recently launched Designated Player. Villa was a member of three championship teams — 2010 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2011 UEFA Champions League title (with FC Barcelona), and several La Liga Championships.

“We’re excited to partner with David – one of the most decorated players in the world – as part of our commitment to producing authentic content for our viewers,” Telemundo Deportes president Ray Warren said. “We’re committed to providing fans with the best and most authentic content around the World Cup, and those efforts are only enhanced by partnering with such an accomplished player like Villa.”

On the show, Villa will narrate a video series entitled Como Llegaron (How Did They Get There), which will detail the ups and down that 10 national teams (the eight Latin American countries participating in the tournament, as well as Spain and Portugal) endured in order to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Villa also will conduct a series of in-depth interviews with international soccer stars who will participate in the World Cup, including former Barcelona captain and Spain national team star Andres Iniesta, French forward Antoine Griezmann, who also stars for Atletico Madrid, and Thibaut Courtois, goalkeeper for Belgium and Chelsea FC of England’s Premier League.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.